PASS INTERFERENCE: Phelps receiver Kendrick Prater (2) attempts to catch a pass in the end zone but East Ridge's Jacob Robinson (6) grabs his jersey to deny the catch. He was penalized on the play. Phelps won, 32-8.
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THRILL OF VICTORY: Phelps ends Pike County Bowl drought at 16

Teddy Paynter

GOODY — Phelps players, coaches and fans couldn't hold back their emotions as the final seconds ticked off the scoreboard clock at CAM Stadium on Aug. 25.


The Hornets had just dominated East Ridge to score a monumental win in the 33rd annual Pike County Bowl, beating the Warriors, 32-8.


It marked the first time in 17 appearances the Hornets had won in the annual bowl.


Quarterback Garrett Clevenger passed for one touchdown and ran for another in the season opener for the Hornets. He carried 16 times for 75 yards and completed 5-of-10 passing for 75 yards.


His 11-yard touchdown pass play to Seth Mayhorn with 6 minutes, 4 seconds left in the opening period put Phelps ahead for good. It was 6-0 following the failed conversion pass.


Running back Peyton Rife added an 11-yard touchdown run with 6:13 to go in the first half to make it 12-0. Rife carried 15 times for 54 yards and two scores.


Clevenger followed with a one-yard TD plunge to push the lead to 19-0 at the break following Dylan New's PAT kick.


New rushed nine yards for a score with 8:39 remaining in the third period to extend the Phelps lead to 25-0. Rife's one-yard run with 11:07 to play in the game pushed the lead to 32-0.


East Ridge's lone score came on quarterback Kane Taylor's four-yard run with 3:40 left to play. C.J. Branham ran in the conversion to close out the scoring. Kane had 39 yards on nine rushes.


Both teams are back in action on Sept. 1. The Warriors host Magoffin County (0-2) while Phelps travels to Sheldon Clark (1-1).